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Doctor insights on: Blood Test Shows Falsely Elevated Potassium Levels

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Dr. Zahid Niazi
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Hyperkalemia (Definition)

Hyperkalemia in an elevated potassium level in the blood. It can be mild to severe. The most common causes are kidney disease, Addison's disease, dehydration, and multiple drug therapies. It can occur in crush injuries and rhabdomyolysis (rapid breakdown of muscle) or hemolysis (breakdown of blood cells). Severe hyperkalemia can be fatal and cause the heart to stop beating or become very slow. It is usually treated by resin exchange agents (Kayexalate or others) or dialysis and fluids. Sometimes glucose, Insulin and sodium bicarbonate can be utilized as ...Read more


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Would eating before a blood test cause a slightly higher potassium level?

Would eating before a blood test cause a slightly higher potassium level?

Meals and potassium: Your potassium (k) level is dependent on various factors. Some are, any presence of chronic kidney disease (ckd), if the rbc's in the blood were broken going into the test tube, how long the blood was in the tube before the k level was done and how long before the test you ingested and the and the amount of k you ate. Speak to the doctor (d) who ordered the test and ask the d if you have any ckd. ...Read more

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What could cause my potassium in my blood test to be a level 8?

What could cause my potassium in my blood test to be a level 8?

Potassium of 8: Unless you are a dialysis patient, a potassium (k) of 8 would kill you by stopping your heart from pumping. Most likely, you had a elevated k due to some leaking of k from the intracellular space during the drawing of blood from your vein. This is called "factitious hyperkalemia". Elevated k levels are also seen with increased platelets in your blood or some destruction of rbc's in the test tube. ...Read more

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What to do if I have had blood test done for a physical, and my potassium levels are very high. Any help?

Get it rechecked: It is probably a lab error. It is not uncommon to have this false alarm because potassium level does not go up if you are well. It usually goes up if your kidney is not functioning. Most of the false alarms are caused by a difficult blood draw which can dmage the red cells which relase potassium into the blood. But it is nothing to worry about..You just need to confirm it. ...Read more

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What is the problem with having high potassium level in blood test report?

What is the problem with having high potassium level in blood test report?

Heart arrhythmias: The most concerning side effect of having too high potassium in your blood is the possibility of developing heart rhythm disturbances, some of which can be life-threatening. A slightly elevated potassium level will not cause this, but you want to make sure that it is not trending upward into a dangerous zone. ...Read more

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5.4 Potassium level I had blood test for surgery and all were normal range except K how can I lower my Potassium?

5.4 Potassium level I had blood test for surgery and all were normal range except K how can I lower my Potassium?

It depends: on whether the high potassium level is because of kidney disease, medications (like lisinopril and losartan for BP or potassium supplements), endocrine disease (like hypoaldosteronism) or obstruction. There are medications to lower potassium but they are typically used in the hospital setting only, not for home. If you are eating high potassium foods, you should stop. Diuretics also help lower ...Read more

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I recently had a physical and my WBC were low 2.98 and potassium level was high. I was told to get another blood test. Should I be concerned? Thanks

I recently had a physical and my WBC were low 2.98 and potassium level was high.  I was told to get another blood test. Should I be concerned? Thanks

Sure...: ...at least to follow your doctor's advice and get the recommended next blood test. Then, let's see what's found before you worry prematurely. ...Read more

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During a recent blood test my potassium level was 3.3. My doctor did not mention it and said my blood work was normal. Should i be concerned?

Not necessarily ...: Unless you have symptoms like cramps or weakness. You can replace it by natural sources such as bananas, oranges, tomatoes, etc. Also if you have water pill intake, your doctor may need to put you in a daily potassium replacement. ...Read more

Dr. Madhu Kandarpa
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Potassium (Definition)

Potassium is an essential electrolyte, important in the functioning of many organs including the heart, kidneys, muscles, nerves, and digestive system. Deficiency can be caused by diseases such as kidney failure, vomiting, and diarrhea, or by ...Read more


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